Hong Kong witness nineteen deaths in bus crash

Glen Norman
February 11, 2018

The bus was carrying spectators and workers from horse races before it overturned in the New Territories area.

Reuters reported the roof of the bus was cut off to rescue passengers.

The driver has been arrested on two counts of causing death and grievous bodily harm by unsafe driving.

At least 19 dead after bus topples over in Hong Kong

Hong Kong implemented guidelines in 2010 that limit drivers' shifts to 14 hours total and 11 hours behind the wheel, but officials said after a crash past year that more wide-reaching policies would be necessary to improve safety and working conditions, the Times reports.

Early reports said the number of dead stood at 19 but that was later revised down.

The injured passenger told the paper: "It was much faster than I normally felt in a bus".

He said the franchise bus company would pay $10,000 to each injured person and family of the deceased.

The bus was headed to Tai Po from Sha Tin Racecourse.

So said the driver was familiar with the route and had not been working overtime recently.

She said the commission will be headed by a judge and she expected it to come up with suggestions to ensure Hong Kong's public transport system is reliable and safe. More than three-quarters of bus drivers work 50 to 60 hours a week, according to a 2016 survey conducted by the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions.

"The Hospital Authority said that 47 were injured in the accident - 19 sustained serious injuries and 28 are in stable condition".

In July 2003, 21 people were killed when a double-decker fell off an elevated road after being hit by a lorry.

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